When Chris went to pick Channon up at the apartment complex where Christian’s friend lived, they were carjacked by multiple assailants. What followed was one of the most heinous, gruesome and senseless crimes in Tennessee history.
The couple were taken to a house in East Knoxville and held against their will where they were brutally tortured for hours.
Christopher Newsom was gagged with a sock in his mouth, his ankles were bound with his own belt, his hands were tied behind his back, his face was covered with a bandana and his head covered with a sweatshirt that his five assailants had tied around his neck.
He was then violently raped with an object and beaten.
One can only imagine the horror Christopher experienced as he was then forced to walk barefoot to the nearby railroad track, where he was shot in the back of the neck and fell paralyzed to the ground.
Next the assailants then stood over him, placed the gun against his head and fired twice more, killing him execution style.
As if that wasn’t enough, the attackers then poured gasoline on his body and set him on fire.
Channon Christian was forced into a back room of the house where she was hog-tied with strips of fabric from a bedding set. She was brutally raped “in every possible way imaginable” for several hours as the assailants beat her viciously.
By the time Christian was taken in the living room, the five attackers realized they had left their DNA on their victim. In an attempt to cover their tracks, they poured bleach down her throat and on her body before they wrapped her body in black garbage bags and covered her head in a plastic grocery bag.
She was then placed in a garbage can in the kitchen of the house—all of this while she was still alive.
Channon Christian’s last minutes on earth were spent slowly suffocating in a garbage can after she had been savagely beaten and raped for hours.